OE Press: 2013 / August

 

Ecosse SCAR completes wind project

Sep 25, 2013

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has completed a £4.7 million boulder clearing and pre-lay trenching project, which it claims has been one of the most successful in the wind energy sector. As subcontractor to Siem Offshore Contractors (SOC)…

OE13: Welcome to SPE Offshore Europe 2013

Sep 03, 2013

The UK oil and gas industry has served our country for over 100 years. It delivers the energy needed to fuel and power our economy, provides vital revenue for the UK Treasury and supports about 450,000 jobs in Britain. The oil and gas industry has an impressive history…

Bering Sea services shift: Resolve acquires Magone Marine

Aug 30, 2013

Resolve Marine Group, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has agreed to acquire Magone Marine Services of western Alaska.  The result, say Resolve, will be a greatly expanded, emergency response and marine services company that combines…

US DOE to invest in wave, tidal projects

Aug 30, 2013

The US Department of Energy will invest US$16 million in 17 projects to harness wave and tidal energy. As part of the Obama Administration’s strategy to deploy every available source of American energy, the projects were selected for…

DOF wins subsea install in New Zealand

Aug 30, 2013

OMV New Zealand Ltd. awarded DOF Subsea Group a contract for subsea installation services to the Maari Field, Raroa FPSO offshore Taranaki, New Zealand.  The project, worth approximately NOK 150 million, will be executed from DOF Subsea’s…

Pile drive technology tested

Aug 30, 2013

A consortium of Fistuca, Van Oord and TNO has performed a series of successful tests of BLUE Piling Technology (patented), an innovative technology to drive large piles offshore. At a shipyard of Van Oord in Zuilichem, The Netherlands…

Atwood jackup receives extension

Aug 29, 2013

Atwood Oceanics, Inc. announced that one of its subsidiaries has been awarded a two-year contract extension by CEC International, Ltd. for the jackup Atwood Manta. The extension is priced at a day rate of $159,500 in Thailand and begins December 2…

Umm Lulu project contracts awarded

Aug 29, 2013

Technip, as part of a consortium led by National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), has been awarded a contract by Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work on Umm Lulu full…

Montenegro licensing round opens

Aug 28, 2013

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Economy of Montenegro published an official announcement inviting oil and gas companies to apply for the licensing round that will remain open for tenders from August 7, 2013 until the February 28, 2014…

CFO leaves Lamprell

Aug 28, 2013

The group chief finance officer of United Arab Emirates-based rig builder Lamprell is to leave the business. Frank Nelson, who joined Lamprell last year, is to return to the UK for personal reasons, said Lamprell, which is due to announce its half year results tomorrow (August 29)…

Technip wins US LNG FEED

Aug 27, 2013

Trunkline LNG Export, LLC awarded Technip a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the potential expansion of the existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The potential expansion project includes a LNG liquefaction plant…

IADC forms well control institute

Aug 27, 2013

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) announced the formation of the Well Control Institute (WCI), a new industry body which will provide the drilling industry with a single, universal well control training and assessment standard…

Rosneft, Exxon advance LNG project

Aug 26, 2013

Rosneft and ExxonMobil have commenced the contractor selection process for design and engineering work at its proposed LNG project in the Russian Far East, Rosneft announced. In 2013-2014 Rosneft and ExxonMobil plan to complete design work…

Jaya wins contract for upgraded PSV

Aug 26, 2013

Jaya Holdings signed a contract to charter its new build DP2 Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) “Jaya Vigilant” for a long term operation in the Indian Ocean, offshore Mozambique. The two-year contract, which includes charterer’s options has a value of more than US $20 million…

ALS acquires Reservoir and Earth Data

Aug 23, 2013

ALS entered into an agreement to acquire Reservoir Group for US $533 million (9.6 x Reservoir's FY2013 EBITDA). The transaction follows extensive due diligence undertaken by ALS on Reservoir as a part of an exclusive sale process. Reservoir…

Harland & Wolff to drydock Blackford Dolphin

Aug 23, 2013

Aberdeen-based Dolphin Drilling Ltd has awarded Harland and Wolff the contract for the dry docking of the Blackford Dolphin mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU). The project will include upgrade work and repairs and renewals for its class renewal survey…

Delek estimates Tamar Southwest resource

Aug 22, 2013

Delek Group released a resource assessment report on its Tamar Southwest project that showed an average 684 Bcf of estimated undiscovered gas reserves in place in the project. This value is the undiscovered resource potential in two sands…

QGEP discovery at 1-QG-5A-BAS well

Aug 22, 2013

QGEP Participações S.A. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção S.A. (QGEP) filed a Notice of Discovery with the ANP (Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Combustível) for well 1-QG-5A-BAS, located…

Santos gains 50% PSC interest

Aug 22, 2013

Santos announced the acquisition of a 50% interest in the Northwest Natuna Production Sharing Contract (PSC) in the South China Sea offshore Indonesia from AWE Ltd. The NW Natuna PSC contains the undeveloped Ande Ande Lumut oil field, which…

Höegh selected for FLNG FEED

Aug 22, 2013

Höegh LNG has signed a contract with an Asia based national oil company to conduct pre-front-end engineering design (FEED) engineering work for an offshore floating LNG facility (FLNG) with a two million-tonne per annum production capacity…

Technip forms GTL alliance with Sasol

Aug 21, 2013

Technip has joined forces with South African energy and chemicals firm Sasol to offer front-end engineering services on future Sasol gas-to-liquids (GTL) projects. The new alliance will also enable Technip to be part of the execution of GTL projects with Sasol…

Kongsberg renames crane simulator subsidiary

Aug 20, 2013

Kongsberg Maritime has officially renamed GlobalSim Inc., its wholly owned onshore and offshore crane simulator subsidiary, to Kongsberg GlobalSim Inc. The name change is part of GlobalSim’s ongoing incorporation into Kongsberg Maritime’s corporate structure…

Sulzer to Supply Pumps for Brazilian FPSOs

Aug 20, 2013

Sulzer Pumps will supply 42 pumps for installation on two floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels (P-66 and P-69) that will operate in the pre salt Iracema cluster areas located in the Santos Basin, off the coast of Rio de Janeiro…

Halliburton opens expanded Malaysian facility

Aug 20, 2013

Halliburton opened the expansion of its Malaysia Manufacturing and Technology Center in Senai, Malaysia, on August 17, 2013. The additional capability will allow the company to expand its delivery of high-quality products to meet the growing…

Petrobras confirms potential in Sergipe Basin

Aug 20, 2013

Petrobras published the drilling results for extension well 3-SES-175D (3-BRSA-1180-D-SES), known as Muriú 1, located in the BM-SEAL-10 concession area (blocks SEAL-M-347 and SEAL-M-424) in the ultra deep waters of the Sergipe Basin. The…

Keppel wins semi order from Floatel

Aug 20, 2013

Keppel FELS Ltd.  was awarded a contract worth about US $280 million by Floatel International Ltd. to build its fifth accommodation semisubmersible for delivery in 4Q 2015. Keppel FELS previously delivered the accommodation semis, Floatel Superior and Floatel Reliance…

UK business secretary to lead Offshore Europe keynote

Aug 20, 2013

Vince Cable, MP, secretary of state for business, innovation and skills (BIS) is to speak at SPE Offshore Europe 2013 at one of the conference’s keynote sessions. The session, The technology imperative – collaborating today to realise the next 50 years of North Sea potential…

Venko invests in Great Yarmouth

Aug 20, 2013

Dutch international coating contractor Venko, which specialises in fabric maintenance, has set up its first UK base in the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft (New Anglia) Enterprise Zone.  The company was attracted by the incentives offered…

Total contracts Ocean Installer

Aug 20, 2013

Total E&P UK has awarded Ocean Installer a contract for the recovery of casing at the Tomintoul location, west of the Shetland Islands.  The scope of the work involves the cutting and recovery of 472m of 20in. downhole casing from the seabed…

Nong Yao field wins final investment

Aug 19, 2013

KrisEnergy Ltd., an independent upstream oil and gas company, agreed the final investment decision for the Nong Yao oil development in the G11/48 contract area in the Gulf of Thailand, along with Mubadala Petroleum. First oil is anticipated in 1H 2015…

OGX challenged to increase production

Aug 19, 2013

Brazilian oil firm OGX, an EBX Group company, could face significant challenges in securing future investments and partnerships in the country, after its operations in the Tubarao Azul field yielded less-than-expected production rates, says an analyst with GlobalData…

C-MAR seals DP training agreement with CIAGA

Aug 19, 2013

C-MAR Group has today announced that it has finalized an agreement to deliver dynamic positioning (DP) training for the Brazilian Merchant Marine Academy. Named Centro de Instrucao Almirante Graca Aranha (CIAGA), the academy is one of the leading maritime training centers in South America…

Siemens commissions two wind service vessels

Aug 17, 2013

In August 2013, Siemens Energy signed a chartering agreement with ship owner Esvagt A/S for two new offshore wind service vessels that will incorporate significant advancements in logistics, efficiency and operational capabilities. The vessels…

NADL and Seadrill announce partnership

Aug 15, 2013

NADL and Seadrill announced a preliminary agreement to create a strategic partnership with a strong industrial player was reached to foster growth of the company's harsh environment business. The potential strategic partner has a strong foothold in the Russian market…

Senior officials to open Offshore Europe

Aug 15, 2013

Senior representatives of the UK and Scottish governments will address the audience at Europe’s largest oil and gas conference and exhibition, SPE Offshore Europe 2013, in Aberdeen this September. More than 1,500 companies are exhibiting at the event…

Fugro Chance completes shallow 3D project in GoM

Aug 14, 2013

Fugro Chance Inc. provided three-dimensional (3D) acoustic metrology on a large 36-inch (91 cm) diameter spool piece, despite environmental and logistical challenges. The highly accurate metrology was performed from a platform in Enlace Litoral Tabasco…

Jan De Nul orders multipurpose vessel

Aug 14, 2013

The Jan De Nul Group has ordered a new vessel at the Uljanik Shipyard in Pula, Croatia. The vessel, which will be 138m-long with a deadweight of 10,500-tonne, will be a multipurpose vessel, able to carry out trenching and offshore support…

Subsea 7 post record backlog

Aug 14, 2013

Subsea 7 has posted a record backlog of US$10.4 billion for Q2 2013, with tendering continuing to be high into Q3. But profits were hit by a US$300 million loss provision on the Guará-Lula NE project, offshore Brazil. Jean Cahuzac…

Eagle Texas sails to GOM

Aug 13, 2013

Drydocks World announced today that the world’s first Modular Capture Vessel (MCV), Eagle Texas, sailed away from its yard. The conversion of the AFRA max tanker was carried out by Drydocks World – Dubai and was completed for Singapore based AET…

Halliburton, Gazprom to collaborate on solutions

Aug 13, 2013

Halliburton entered into an agreement of cooperation with Gazprom Neft for the introduction of new technologies to improve operational efficiency in Gazprom Neft fields.       Enhancement of mature field development efficiency and implementation…

Faroe Petroleum pays $22.5M for North Sea acquisitions

Aug 13, 2013

Faroe Petroleum completed the acquisition of a 10% non-operated interest in the BP-operated East Foinaven oil field and a 0.5% interest in the West of Shetland Pipeline System, both from Marubeni Oil & Gas (North Sea) Ltd . The net consideration payable for the acquisition of the interests…

Kongsberg signs NOK380 million in contracts with Statoil

Aug 13, 2013

Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies AS (KOGT), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Gruppen ASA (KOG), has signed an agreement with Statoil for the delivery of subsea structures, in-line tees, tie-in and connection systems for the Polarled gas pipeline…

Huisman wins 10 pipelay orders

Aug 13, 2013

Lifting, drilling and subsea solutions specialist Huisman has secured new contracts for10 pipelay systems, with various major offshore pipelay contractors. The new contracts include: three 550mt tiltable lay systems (TLS) and one 325mt vertical lay system (VLS) for Subsea 7…

ITG orders two Ulstein PSVs

Aug 13, 2013

ITG Group has ordered two platform supply vessels (PSV) of the PX121 design from ULSTEIN.  The ROC yard, China, will be constructing the two PSVs for ITG. The contract includes an option for two more vessels. ROC is a new yard starting…

Drilling expected to begin in Black Sea

Aug 12, 2013

Beach Energy announced that drilling is expected to begin on the 01RX Cobalcescu South exploration well in Block EX-28 offshore Romania. According to the company, the well will be spudded during Beach Energy’s August reporting period…

Petrobras confirms Sergipe Basin pontential

Aug 12, 2013

Petrobras announced the results of the first extension well 3-SES-176D (3-BRSA-1178D-SES), also known as Farfan 1, located in the BM-SEAL-11 concession area, block SEAL-M-426, in the ultradeep waters of the Sergipe Basin. The results…

Golar LNG bags Kuwait deal

Aug 12, 2013

Golar LNG Ltd will provide the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) with floating storage and regasification (FSRU) services to support their LNG import operations at Mina Al Ahmadi. The contract will be for an initial period of five…

EIA: China to become largest oil importer

Aug 12, 2013

The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued news release on 9 August with its forecast that China's net oil imports will exceed those of the U.S. by October 2013 on a monthly basis, and by 2014 on an annual basis, making China the largest oil importer in the world…

OGX secures installation license in Campos basin

Aug 12, 2013

OGX Petróleo e Gás Participações S.A. (OGX)), received the Installation License to begin activities related to the development of oil production in BM-C-39 and BM-C-40 blocks, in the Campos Basin. The license was granted by the Brazilian…

Hansa picks up gas field stakes

Aug 12, 2013

Hansa Hydrocarbons is to acquire stakes in three southern North Sea gas fields from a subsidiary of Noble Energy. Under an agreement with Noble Energy Capital Limited, it will gain 24% equity interest in the Malory field, 25% in the Guinevere field and 2% in the Lancelot field…

DOF/Technip win Brazil pipelay contracts

Aug 12, 2013

A joint venture between DOF Subsea and Technip has been awarded contracts to build and operate four new pipelay support vessels (PLSV) for Brazil's Petrobras. Two of the PLSVs will have a 300-ton laying tension capacity and will be fabricated in Brazil…

W&T Offshore announces subsalt discovery at Ship Shoal 349

Aug 09, 2013

W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: WTI) announced on 25 July 2013 that it made a subsalt discovery in a deep shelf exploratory target beneath its Ship Shoal 349 Mahogany field. The SS 359 A-14 well exceeded expectations and is currently producing from the targeted T-sand (in excess of 17…

SeaBird wins Mediterranean contract

Aug 09, 2013

SeaBird Exploration Plc's Northern Explorer was awarded a contract in the Mediterranean. The contract has an estimated duration of 150 days, including mobilization from South Africa, and is valued at about US $10.5 million.

Compressor defect shuts down Ula field

Aug 09, 2013

Noreco has announced that due to a defect gas compressor, the Ula field  in the Norwegian North Sea, will not be able to receive and process production from satellite fields, the field's operator, BP, has informed. This means that the Oselvar field will also be shut down…

Modus grows AUV division

Aug 09, 2013

Subsea engineering and unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) service provider Modus Seabed Intervention has taken delivery of its first autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The acquisition is part of a planned investment program by the north-east England company to develop a dedicated division…

Six vessel orders for IHC Merwede

Aug 09, 2013

IHC Merwede’s Offshore division has won orders worth over €1 billion for the design, engineering and construction of a total of six pipelaying vessels. They will be built for Subsea 7 and Seabras Sapura, the partnership between SapuraKencana and Seadrill…

Otto begins Philippines drilling campaign

Aug 08, 2013

Otto Energy Ltd. is drilling two horizontal wells in the second phase of development at Galoc field offshore the Philippines. The wells are being batch drilled in 311 m of water.  Otto projects the Galoc-5H and Galoc-6H development wells will be drilled to a total vertical depth of 2…

Petrobras strikes Iguacu Mirim oil

Aug 08, 2013

Petrobras encountered oil in well 3-SPS-101 (3-BRSA-1179-SPS), in the Carioca Discovery Evaluation Plan area, block BM-S-9, Santos Basin pre-salt. The well, also known as Iguaçu Mirim, is located 303km off the coast of the state of São Paulo…

Almaco wins contracts on six drillships

Aug 08, 2013

Estaleiro Enseada do Paraguaçu (EEP) has awarded ALMACO Group a contract for the complete living quarters on six drillships to be used in the Brazilian pre-salt ultra-deep layers drilling program. ALMACO’s scope includes the construction…

Boskalis creates dry dock solution

Aug 08, 2013

Royal Boskalis Westminster subsidiary Dockwise has completed a dry dock project using its new transport vessel Dockwise Vanguard. The project was to assist with the repair and maintenance of a semisubmersible drilling rig in the Mediterranean…

EMAS wins vessel contract in West Africa

Aug 07, 2013

EMAS Amc was  awarded a contract by Houston-based VAALCO Gabon (Etame) Inc., for the expansion of the Etame Marin Field Offshore Gabon in West Africa. The scope of work encompasses the EPIC of rigid pipelines along with the transportation…

Small oil discovery in North Sea

Aug 07, 2013

Exploration well 16/2-18S, located on Statoil operated PL265 in the North Sea, was drilled west of Johan Sverdrup discovery about 9 km west of  well 16/2-6 and 3 km west of appraisal well 16/2-14. The primary exploration target of the well…

Siemens to deliver turbines for Yamal LNG plant

Aug 07, 2013

Siemens will deliver the key components for a power station that is going to supply the future Yamal LNG production plant in Northern Russia with electricity and heat. The Siemens scope of supply comprises the design, manufacture, factory testing…

Big numbers for Offshore Europe

Aug 07, 2013

Next month’s SPE Offshore Europe exhibition and conference will be the largest in the event’s history with more exhibiting companies and countries represented than ever before.  The sold-out exhibition halls, covering a record 27,082…

£1.3 billion wind farm opens

Aug 07, 2013

The second largest offshore wind farm in the world, costing £1.3 billion and generating enough clean electricity to power over half a million homes, was officially opened by UK energy and business minister Michael Fallon today.  Greater Gabbard…

HRT targets Moosehead-1

Aug 07, 2013

HRT Participações em Petróleo has started drilling the Moosehead-1 exploration well offshore Namibia. The well (2713/16-1) is its the third offshore well in HRT's current exploration campaign. It is targeting the Moosehead prospect…

Salamander hits Surin oil

Aug 06, 2013

Salamander Energy plc encountered oil at its G4/50-5 exploration well in the Surin prospect in the central portion of the Western sub-basin, Block G4/50, in the Gulf of Thailand, the company announced on 6 August 2013. Oil was discovered…

Divers complete Subsea 7 dry hyperbaric welding trials in Aberdeen

Aug 06, 2013

A group of divers have completed specialist coded welding trials at a leading north-east Scotland oil and gas industry support and training facility to prepare them for work in the Norwegian sector. The Aberdeen-based National Hyperbaric Centre (NHC)…

Rowan drillship wins Cobalt work

Aug 06, 2013

Rowan Companies plc entered into a three-year contract with Cobalt International Energy, L.P. for the Rowan Reliance, a new ultra-deepwater drillship currently under construction at the Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (HHI) shipyard in Ulsan…

RDS wins DSME and Ensco contracts

Aug 06, 2013

Rig design engineering firm RDS has been awarded two contracts valued at US $42,000,000 for engineering and design services in the North Sea and a global master services agreement (MSA).   The first contract is for detailed design and…

Inpex transfers stake in Block 31 off Suriname

Aug 05, 2013

Inpex Corp.’s (INPEX) subsidiary, Teikoku Oil  Co. Ltd., reached an agreement to transfer 30% of its participating interest in the Block 31 offshore Suriname, to UK-based E&P company,  Tullow B.V., a subsidiary of Tullow Oil (Tullow). This…

BP extends AGR Caspian contract

Aug 05, 2013

Offshore drilling solutions provider AGR Enhanced Drilling (AGR ED)has further secured its position in the Caspian after BP signed a two-year contract extension with the Norwegian company. The contract was signed by BP Exploration (Caspian Sea) Ltd…

Shell, CNOOC sign third PSC

Aug 02, 2013

China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) signed production sharing contract (PSC) with Shell China Exploration and Production for Block 35/10 in Yinggehai Basin, west of the Hainan Island, China, in the South China Sea. Block 35/10 covers a total area of 3…

Keppel FELS delivers Mexican jackup

Aug 02, 2013

Keppel FELS delivered a KFELS B Class jackup rig, to privately-owned Mexican company Constructora y Perforadora LATINA (CP LATINA). The jackup rig was named La Santa Maria at a ceremony in Keppel FELS on August 2. The rig, which is can operate in water depths up to 400ft and drill down to 30…

COSCO updates newbuild activity

Aug 02, 2013

COSCO Corp. Ltd. has been active completing vessels and signing new construction contracts. The company announced that COSCO (Qidong) Shipyard Co., Ltd has delivered the jackup barge, IB914, and the transportation barge, IB924, to an Australian company…

Seadrill orders two jackups for 2016 delivery

Aug 01, 2013

Hamilton, Bermuda-based Seadrill Ltd. has entered into contracts to build two high-specification, jackup drilling rigs at Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore Co., Ltd. (DSIC Offshore) in China. The rigs are scheduled for delivery during Q2 and Q3 2016…

Harkand launches ROV support vessel

Aug 01, 2013

Harkand launched the Harkand Harmony, its newest ROV support vessel, designed to service Asia Pacific’s oil and gas industry. Around 100 invited guests from across the global energy sector attended the christening ceremony at Keppel Marina in Singapore…

ENI strikes oil offshore Congo

Aug 01, 2013

Eni has made an oil and gas discovery on the Nene Marine exploration prospect, in the Marine XII Block offshore Congo about 17km offshore. Eni says two wells were drilled on Nene Marine and estimates it contains about 600 million bbls of oil and 700 billion cu ft of gas in place…

Wood Group wins BP Angola contract

Aug 01, 2013

Wood Group Kenny (WGK) is to support BP's offshore Angola operations under a new engineering services contract worth US$18 million.  The contract, lasting 12 months, covers two subsea operations support scopes: one is for work associated with the Block 18 Greater Plutonio operations group…

PG provides marine tanks for new PSV

Aug 01, 2013

Norway's PG Marine Group is to provide six of its PG-MACS tanks for a newbuild dual-fuel platform supply vessel (PSV). The vessel, to be built at the Remontowa Shipyward, Romania, will be operated by Siem Offshore on long term charter to Norske Shell…

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